How to Travel in Bali for One Month with $600

Bali is a place everyone should visit at least once in their lives. No matter if you’re young or old, travelling on a budget or travelling in luxury, Bali will have much to offer everyone!

While travelling around the world can take a heavy toll on your wallet, journeying to Bali might not be as bad as you might think; the reality is, Bali can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be! It all depends on how you want to travel. Undeniably, this is one of our favourite things about this magical island!

If you’re wondering how exactly you can travel on a budget, get a bang for your buck and have a comfortable time in Bali, here’s a detailed guide (based on our trialed and tested experience, of course) on just how to do that.

1. SIM Cards/ Mobile Data

Let’s face it, this is the first thing everyone usually thinks of as soon as they get off the airplane and set foot in a new country.

Here are 2 connections we’d recommend:

Smartfren- IDR 65,000 for 30 GB

This package with Smartfren is a good choice to go with if you tend to use up a lot of data. However, it won’t be of use to you if you’re planning to visit the neighbouring islands like Nusa Penida[1] or Lombok as it is a valid connection only within the island of Bali

link to the Nusa Penida article ● Telkom- IDR 90,000 for 10 GB

You can alternatively get a data package from Telkom as it is valid all throughout Indonesia.

Tips when buying a SIM Card in Bali:

If you get cab drivers from the airport, we’d suggest that you don’t ask them where they can take you to purchase a SIM card because they will most likely take you somewhere that exorbitantly overprices. Instead, pop by a local shop near your accommodation.

Additionally, try and get SIM cards from both Smartfren and Telkom. That way, you can resolve the issue of Smartfren not being valid in islands outside Bali!

2. Accommodations

During our time in Bali, we based ourselves in Canggu for the vast majority of our trip. It's an ideal spot to stay in as it’s a very laidback, surfer town with an abundance of cafes, great places to do some shopping, and has plenty of places to experience the famed Balinese nightlife.

These are 2 homestays we stayed at while in Canggu:

Chesia’s Homestay

Cost for 1 month- IDR 4.5 million (USD 300)

We booked our rooms at Chesia's Homestay through Airbnb and we really enjoyed our time there. Our host even came to pick us up from the airport!

The rooms were small, yet very comfortable. They also had proper functioning AC, clean bathrooms and hot water, which is everything we needed to have an enjoyable stay.

The B & B was also in close proximity to central Canggu, which made it quite convenient for us, and the other people staying there were also really nice. It also happens to be dog-friendly!

Buddhi Guesthouse

Cost for 1 month- IDR 3 million (USD 200)

This lovely homestay isn’t one that’s listed on Airbnb, but we are so happy we found it while driving through Canggu!

This quaint B & B was also another great place to stay. It was extremely clean and ty had larger rooms in comparison to the one we had at Chesia’s. Moreover, they also had good AC, a Wi-Fi connection, cleaning services 3 times a week, and even a rustic little kitchen outdoors! We ended up staying here for about 2 weeks.

The owners of this guesthouse were incredibly helpful, friendly and welcoming. What’s more, they were kind enough to let us pack up some of our larger bags and keep it here while we ventured up North[1]! Thereafter, we returned to Buddhi’s, repacked our luggage and headed out on the next part of our adventure.

link to article on North Bali Tips when sorting out your accommodation in Bali:

Instead of booking a place for 30 days straight off the bat, we’d recommend booking a room for about 2 nights at first, and then explore your options once you’ve arrived on the island. This way, there’ll be less room for disappointment once you’re in Bali.

Furthermore, we made an interesting discovery after we were in Bali for a few days. If you drive further away from central Canggu, you'll find many more homestays and B & Bs that are really good and much more budget-friendly.

Here’s a useful tip; the homestays listed on Airbnb will most probably be double the price of those that aren't! So keep your eyes peeled while you drive around for some good accommodations.

3. Transport

Next up on the list is figuring out how you’re going to get around.

Bike rental per day- IDR 70,000- IDR 100,000 (USD 4.5 - USD 6.15)

Bike rental for 3 weeks- IDR 700,000 (USD 51)

It’s common knowledge that scooters or motor bikes are the primary mode of transport in and around Bali.

Getting from one place to another and exploring the islands on scooter throughout the entirety our vacation was pretty effortless and actually quite pleasant. Nonetheless, if you're not too pleased at the thought of solely travelling around by scooter, you can also easily rent a vehicle. However, that'll most definitely cost you more.

When it comes to the costs of pumping petrol, this is what we found: